Style Pioneer Hillary Clinton Rocked the Cold-Shoulder Dress Before It Was Cool

Hillary Clinton - H 2015
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Hillary Clinton - H 2015

In Lena Dunham's inaugural Lenny Letter, the Democratic presidential frontrunner, "Like everything I do, it turned out to be controversial."

Between her role as the former first lady and her duties on Capitol Hill, Hillary Clinton has spent more than 20 years in the public eye — talk about a lot of pantsuits.

But when she isn't rocking her signature ensemble, Clinton has been known to don a few more daring pieces that have made her something of a fashion icon. In Lena Dunham's inaugural Lenny Letter, the presidential hopeful addressed some of her past looks, including a Donna Karan dress which she affectionately referred to as "one of my favorites." 

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"This is what’s called a cold-shoulder dress," said Clinton of the fitted navy number. "I wore it for one of our first big events at the White House, in 1993. It was a design of my friend Donna Karan. And like everything I do, it turned out to be controversial."

The cold-shoulder look, which happens to be one of the biggest trends of the spring 2016 season thus far, was still relatively new 22 years ago, making Clinton a style pioneer in her own right. "I do love to fool around with fashion and have some fun with it. And so I wore this, and a lot of the political pundits [said]: 'What is the meaning of this?' and everything."

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But in true Clinton style, the diplomatic politician didn't let her fashion haters get her down. "You’ve got to still have fun in all of these different roles that you’re in or I’m in or anybody is in their life. So this was one of my favorites. It’s in the Clinton library, if anybody ever wants to see it."